In the May 16 issue of the Star-Telegram we are told the CIA’s top two officials disagreed as to what details should be released to the public. Principally as to who had carried out the attack. The version given to Ambassador Rice did not include the version that the attack was a planned attack by a Libyan militant group. Ret. Admiral Mike Mullens and Ambassador Thomas Pickering investigated the manner and found no White House involvement in the omitted information.
The Republicans in the House have refused to accept the findings of their own Republicans investigators, as to why the information was initially withheld. Three days after Ambassador Rice’s speech the President identified the attackers as Libyan terrorists, which should have ended the controversy.
Since General David Petraeus was director of the CIA at the time of the attack, perhaps all concerned feel the General has suffered enough, due to his resignation, and need not be criticized further for a minor, temporary omission to the public.
Even though all informed military authorities have said there was no way a U.S. military force could have reacted in time to save the American in Benghazi, the Republican speaker of the House plans to forge ahead with an investigation in five House committees. They apparently want to use this tragedy for all its political worth.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford